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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A-
Worcester Polytechnic Institute is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
Address
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609
Website
From Worcester Polytechnic Institute

WPI is a research university distinguished by an innovative project-based curriculum. Renowned faculty work closely with students to convert classroom concepts to real-world impact.

Students call WPI's project-based, global approach "life-changing" in preparing them for the careers and lives they desire. At WPI, you will receive a high-caliber education fused with hands-on solving of issues in the world.

WPI's return on investment enables students to receive a strong starting salary, attend prestigious graduate schools, and to ascend to high-income brackets over their lives.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
February 1
Acceptance Rate
48%
SAT Range
1310-1480
ACT Range
27-32
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Neither required nor recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$40,666/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $27,379/ year
  • $30-48k
    $29,298/ year
  • $49-75k
    $32,307/ year
  • $76-110k
    $37,163/ year
  • $110k+
    $42,222/ year
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Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.36 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.37 responses
30%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.37 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,275Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
15%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • Academic
    29%
  • Smart
    29%
  • Hardworking
    17%
  • Male
    8%
  • Respectful
    8%
  • Diverse
    4%
  • Stressed
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
98%
Poll
60%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.57 responses
Poll
70%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.64 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • Fast paced
    67%
  • Awesome
    10%
  • You acquire experience on numerous projects
    10%
  • Different
    7%
  • Fast-paced
    3%
  • Home away from home
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$82,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
86%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
95%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.22 responses
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute Reviews

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When I was looking at schools as a senior in HS what was important was getting a job after college. I remember I was so proud to say I was attending WPI, now things are much different. Academics are excellent IF YOU LIKE ENGINEERING. I realized that I didn't want to be an engineer about 5 months in and now I'm very stuck. Also, pick a school that has great academics and a good social scene. It does not have to involve going out, just things to do! WPI lacks that and once you're midway through your sophomore year, you feel like you've met everyone you possibly can.
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Very good school for those who are technically inclined and/or interested in engineering. I personally enrolled because I want to study computer science. I’ve studied here for one year and my experience has been amazing thus far, and the following years are looking even more promising. Any graduate can tell you that there is an excellent return on investment and that you won’t have any problem finding a job coming out of it. The dining hall is one of the best in the nation and has tons of variety when it comes to food choice. However, it is spotty and sometimes it's good and other times it isn't. The inconsistency is annoying, but most students only deal with it for their first year.
WPI embodies a small-knit environment in which I feel comfortable approaching and connecting with others. Everyone is very motivated and hard-working yet not very competitive. The university does a good job at providing a unique and exceptional educational experience but I believe it could improve on the resources offered. While a STEM-based school, I believe offering more language and humanity courses would produce more well-rounded graduates.